Reference and Information Services in Health Sciences Librarianship: Current Practice in Health Sciences Librarianship

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This is volume 1 of Current Practice in Health Sciences Librarianship, the new series that replaces MLA's classic "Handbook of Medical Library Practice". This volume documents current practice, state of the art innovations, and trends in health sciences reference and information services, with an emphasis on new technologies. Chapters included are "General Reference Services," "Databases and Database Searching," "Microcomputers and Refernce Service," "Management of Reference Service," "Specialized Types of ...
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Overview

This is volume 1 of Current Practice in Health Sciences Librarianship, the new series that replaces MLA's classic "Handbook of Medical Library Practice". This volume documents current practice, state of the art innovations, and trends in health sciences reference and information services, with an emphasis on new technologies. Chapters included are "General Reference Services," "Databases and Database Searching," "Microcomputers and Refernce Service," "Management of Reference Service," "Specialized Types of Management and Reference Services," and "Information Technologies-Now and the Future." Contents emphasize developments in reference services over the past decade, along with future directions based on changes in information technology. The volume is aimed at practicing health sciences librarians and information science students and is relevant to other librarians as well.

Author Biography: Sandra Wood (M.L.S., Indians; M.B.A., Maryland), Librarian, Reference and Database Services, George T. Harrell Library, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, Pennsylvania, has more than twenty years of experience in all aspects of health sciences reference services. She is founding editor of Medical Reference Services Quarterly, is the author of numerous books and journal articles, and is an active member of the MLA.

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Reviewer: James Shedlock, AMLS (Northwestern University)
Description: This volume is the first of a series, Current Practice in Health Sciences Librarianship, by the Medical Library Association and reviews reference and information services as they are currently practiced including coverage of expected services and issues, microcomputer use, special services, and the role of information technologies; missing topics on education and document delivery will appear as separate volumes.
Purpose: The book emphasizes documenting current practice, state-of-the-art, innovations, and trends in health sciences libraries.
Audience: The volume's readers will likely be students, both those taking courses in health sciences librarianship and those unable to do so; recent graduates new to the field; and librarians outside the field but interested in what they could learn from medical reference librarians. Senior librarians may want to use the book as a guide in developing local staff development programs such as staff seminars, journal clubs, or individual development sessions.
Features: Valuable features include heavily cited chapters such as the nearly 500 references on database searching, and seven appendixes providing reference position descriptions, outlines of policies and manuals, and training plans.
Assessment: The author and contributors are leaders in the profession and experts in their specialty of medical reference service. The writing and editing quality is very good; the style is objective and factual; and rarely is an expression or phrase vague or confusing. Authors provide a good balance between historical perspective and current practice. Although the volume is well organized, perhaps a sectional numbering scheme or contents pages for each chapter should be considered in the future because the very many headings and subheadings tend to be confusing. Another minor criticism is the lack of a bibliography that pulls together the best of the chapters' reference lists. This volume heralds the promise of a new standard text on medical librarianship and represents an important contribution to the profession.
James Shedlock
This volume is the first of a series, Current Practice in Health Sciences Librarianship, by the Medical Library Association and reviews reference and information services as they are currently practiced including coverage of expected services and issues, microcomputer use, special services, and the role of information technologies; missing topics on education and document delivery will appear as separate volumes. The book emphasizes documenting current practice, state-of-the-art, innovations, and trends in health sciences libraries. The volume's readers will likely be students, both those taking courses in health sciences librarianship and those unable to do so; recent graduates new to the field; and librarians outside the field but interested in what they could learn from medical reference librarians. Senior librarians may want to use the book as a guide in developing local staff development programs such as staff seminars, journal clubs, or individual development sessions. Valuable features include heavily cited chapters such as the nearly 500 references on database searching, and seven appendixes providing reference position descriptions, outlines of policies and manuals, and training plans. The author and contributors are leaders in the profession and experts in their specialty of medical reference service. The writing and editing quality is very good; the style is objective and factual; and rarely is an expression or phrase vague or confusing. Authors provide a good balance between historical perspective and current practice. Although the volume is well organized, perhaps a sectional numbering scheme or contents pages for each chapter should be considered inthe future because the very many headings and subheadings tend to be confusing. Another minor criticism is the lack of a bibliography that pulls together the best of the chapters' reference lists. This volume heralds the promise of a new standard text on medical librarianship and represents an important contribution to the profession.
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Documents current practice, innovations, and trends in health sciences reference and information services, with an emphasis on new technologies. Includes discussion on databases and microcomputers; management of reference services; and specialized reference services. Appendices include position descriptions and a training plan for information services librarians. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810827653
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Series: Current Practice in Health Sciences Series , #1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 371
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Advisory Committee Members
Authors
Introduction
1 General Reference Services 1
2 Databases and Database Searching 23
3 Microcomputers and Reference Service 143
4 Management of Reference Services 179
5 Specialized Types of Reference and Information Services 245
6 Information Technologies - Now and the Future 299
Appendix A - Position Description: Reference Desk/Interlibrary Loan Services Coordinator 327
Appendix B - Position Description: Information Management Education/Database Services Coordinator 330
Appendix C - Position Description: Information Services Librarian 334
Appendix D - Training Plan: Information Services Librarian 336
Appendix E - Training Plan: Library Science Graduate Student Intern 339
Appendix F - Outline of Information Services Manual 342
Appendix G - Outline for a Reference Collection Policy 345
Glossary 347
Index 353
Author Biographies 369
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